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On the agenda: What’s coming up in France this week

Here's a look at the big news and cultural events that will take place in France this week.

On the agenda: What's coming up in France this week
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Monday Sept 17th

French President Emmanuel Macron to meet with Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria at the Elysee Palace.

The imprisoned son-in-law of a murdered Monaco billionaire Helene Pastor goes on trial Monday with nine other people suspected in the brazen daylight killing of the heiress, a case which prosecutors say bears all the hallmarks of a sordid crime thriller.
 
From today, school children in CP, at ages 6-7, (equivalent of Year 2 in UK) and those aged 7-8 years in the next year up (CE1) will take a series of tests in French and maths as a way of determining the level of support they need in class, according to France's Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. 
 
Photo: AFP
 
Tuesday Sept 18th

Just days after presenting his “anti-poverty plan”, Macron is set to unveil his health plan (“plan hopital”) on Tuesday. This will outline the president's strategy for reorganising France's health system, including the creation of “medical assistants”, a job that will sit somewhere between a nursing assistant and doctor's secretary, according to government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux. 

More than 300 works from two key periods in Pablo Picasso's early years go on display in Paris on Tuesday, the first time they have been brought together in the city where the Spanish master took his first steps toward revolutionary new territories of modern art.

READ ALSO: Paris show blends happiness and melancholia of young Picasso

Paris show blends happiness and melancholia of young PicassoPhoto: AFP

Wednesday Sept 19th

Emmanuel Macron's ex-security chief Alexandre Benalla is set to attend his hearing with the senatorial commission charged with investigating his behaviour in attending a demonstration where he was filmed roughing up May Day protesters

Thursday Sept 20th

Macron will be attending an informal summit of the European Union is set to take place in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday to discuss the migrant issue over which some of the bloc are divided. 

Friday Sept 21st

Fete de la Gastronomie, September 21st – 23rd
 
Autumn is the best time for food and wine across France, and this nationwide festival celebrates the very best of French fare. France's gastronomy is classed by UNESCO as an 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity' and the festival programme includes workshops, demonstrations, and even special offers in many restaurants.
 
Whether you want to go on a truffle hunt or enjoy the wine harvest, head to a street market or gourmet restaurant, there's sure to be something going on near you.
 
Photo: AFP
 
Saturday Sept 22nd
 
Technoparade, Paris, September 22nd
 
For 20 years this one-day festival has promoted electro and techno music in the French capital. Thousands of people are expected to turn out to the 5km street party with a procession of floats equipped with sound systems blasting out music, and both renowned and up-and-coming DJs.
 
And this year – its 20th anniversary – is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
 
Photo: AFP

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On the agenda: What’s happening in France this week?

Here's a roundup of what is happening in France on the week beginning July 12th.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP

Monday, July 12th

An extra meeting of the Defence Council looks at whether extra health restrictions need to be imposed to counter a fourth wave of Covid infections, driven by the delta variant.

The Senate votes on the adoption of the budget for 2021.

President Emmanuel Macron makes a live TV announcement at 8pm on the latest on the health situation, as well as other issues such as the economic recovery.

Tuesday, July 13th

Formal adoption of regulations concerning télétravail (remote working) for public sector workers.

Wednesday, July 14th

Public holiday in France to mark the fête nationale, or Bastille Day as its known in the anglophone world. The traditional military parade will take place on the Champs Elysées and most towns will host firework displays, with extra restrictions in place for crowds. For a full roundup of events, click HERE.

Prime Minister Jean Castex travels to Nice to take part in memorials for the victims of the 2016 terror attack.

Thursday, July 15th 

The courts are scheduled to examine the controversial closure of a factory by the Manoir Industries de Pitres in Eure, northern France.

Friday, July 16th

The Eiffel Tower reopens to the public. Numbers are limited by health restrictions, so advance booking is advised.

Next stage in the probe into justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, who is accused of a conflict of interest in relation to his previous work as a lawyer. He could be formally charged.

Saturday, July 17th

Closing ceremony of the Cannes film festival.

Sunday, July 18th

Final stage of the Tour de France as riders enter Paris along the Champs-Elysée.

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